Erb's palsy is a birth injury that affects the network of nerves that give movement and range of motion to the shoulder, arm, hands, and fingers. It usually results from difficult and prolonged labor, and the condition results in stiffness, weakness, and sometimes loss of motion in the affected arm. Based on national statistics, one out of every 1000 babies born in Arizona will be affected by this condition.
Arizona residents expecting a newborn may not know about Erb's palsy, a condition also known as brachial plexus birth palsy. There are multiple conditions related to Erb's Palsy, and the main symptoms include weakness and complete or partial loss of motion in one arm. The condition was named for Wilhelm Erb, one of the first physicians to describe its characteristics.